Santa Cruz is located on the east coast of La Palma, one of the Canary Islands. The city has about 18,000 inhabitants. It is situated on the Atlantic Ocean. The city has a large port, with regular big cruise ships docks. There is also a beach, along the edge of town.
Parking can be quite a problem, once you arrive later in the day. When you approach the city from the south, there is a parking lot right along the coast. When we arrived there was a proper mess. Arriving on the parking lot wasn’t a problem but getting off was horrible. There were a lot of cars looking for a space and lots were driving the wrong we. Eventually we managed to leave the parking lot and we finally came to the north of the city where we can just find a parking spot along the road.
What can you see here?
From the shore you walk into a narrow street to where the main street of Santa Cruz is, Calle O''Daly. Here you will find a street with many shops still in traditional style. There are many colonial houses and beautiful buildings. Santa Cruz is known for colorful houses with beautiful antique wooden balconies. The main street is pretty busy before or after the siesta. During the siesta all the shops are closed, often with high wooden shutters and suddenly everything looks dead and deserted. At that point, however, it again off to theterraces of restaurants. Furthermore, there are pleasant squares to find churches that are centuries old, there is a covered market and there are a number of museums. But aside from the main street, are also often very steep and narrow streets up the hill, nice to walk through. You'll see terribly small houses from where we stood.
• The Maritime Museum is housed in a concrete replica of Columbus's ship, the Santa Maria. It allows you to view charts and small scale counterfeit boats.
•'''Natural''museum island ". It is housed in a Franciscan monastery and is located at the Plaza San Francisco Museo Insular. You can see stuffed animals, pottery, fragments, corals, minerals, etc. The monastery itself is an attraction.
El Salvador Church
The church is open to visitors during the day. There are great religious works of art. If you are just before or after Mass, the church is illuminated so you can see the good work.
The town of La Palma
Here is the meeting of the island government on the first floor. You can use the stairs and goes through beautiful murals.
Santa Cruz is a beautiful city with lots to see. The town is pleasant about it. You have to worry about not just to arrive during siesta, because then the whole town is quite extinct. The main shopping street is very attractive and beautiful. Everywhere there are beautiful wooden balconies colored houses. There are also steep, narrow streets, where it is easy to see how the locals in the often very low houses. There is much beauty to see, even the manhole covers in the road are worth. We have one hour or four enjoyed walking around and look at everything.